Location of the Castle Doorwerth
Between the moraine and the Nederrijn and between the villages Heveadorp and Renkum, castle Doorwerth is located within the flood plains. From the castle, the wooded moraine is a beautiful spectacle. It was originally built on an island, with this view and position a strategic place from which any ship that sailed the banks of the Rhine could be seen. This allowed the owner Berend van Dorenweerd to levy a toll.
Several roads were built in the time the castle was in use.
Most striking is the Italian road, built by the Baron van Brakell in 1847 to connect the castle with train station Wolfheze. It bears this name for its Italian characteristics, height differences and hairpin bends. This road, largely through the forest is almost like a walk through a fairy tale or a tale of Tolkien, big old trees and a path made of old red stones.
The village of Doorwerth is now located on the moraine. Once upon a time, there was a small hamlet on the fountain slot close to the castle. But in the 19th and 20th century artists and later the bourgeoisie and tourism moved to this area and built houses on the moraine.
It is not for nothing that the castle and its surroundings are used as a wedding location, where the ceremony can take place in the knight’s hall of the castle.
Station Wolfheze is closely connected to the castle. When the Nederlandsche Rhijnspoorweg Maatschappij purchased the land to realize the train connection between Utrecht and Arnhem, Baron van Brakell stipulated that a station would be built on the land he sold. The Baron would like to use this station to offer its guests a pleasant journey.